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Fashion During the Harlem Renaissance
Transcript of Fashion During the Harlem Renaissance
Presented by Kat Michael, Tori Crews, Pauline Pao, and Jonathan Tran
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Defined shoulders and narrow hips were key to making men seem more attractive. Oxford shoes were the big thing, and accessories like bows, ties, and hats were used to personalize one's outfit.
In the 1920's, cloche hat's, flapper dresses, pearl necklaces, stockings, and t-strap heels all came together to make an elegant style and were the best features of the ladies in the roaring twenties.
Men's Fashion continued
Important Fashion Icons
Facts on 1920's Fashion
The cloche hats became a uniform of the day.
Women cut their hair short to fit under the popular hats, a radical move at the beginning, but popular by the end of the decade.
Low waisted dresses allowed women to kick up their heels literally in new dances like the charleston.
In the 1920s, Coco Chanel was the 1st designer to create loose women jersey, to what was used for mens underwear creating a relaxed style for women
Jean Patou was credited for inventing the "designer tie"
Jean-Marie Lanvin was best known for her perfume at the time
Lucien Lelong opened his fashion house in the late 1910s. He didn't design the clothes he sold in his stores, but worked through other designers
Many looks for women were boyish looking.
Renaissance reinforced the notion of clothing as a symbol of social standing.
The wealthy purchased clothing made of velvet, satin and cotton, while the poor could only afford flax and wool
Fun Facts part 2
One of the most powerful determinants for Renaissance clothing and fashion was the church.
Green represented the color of love
Gray became the color of sorrow
Yellow represented hostility
Blue showed fidelity
Red colors identified members of the nobility
Black and gray denoted individuals with low social status.
Women's fashion changed every year.
Women preferred to braid long hair, and curls became a symbol for beauty
A little background info
Originally called the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance was a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s. The years between World War I and the Great Depression were booming times for the United States, and jobs were plentiful in cities. Almost 750,000 African Americans left the South. Because of the large amount of immigration, African American-owned magazines and newspapers flourished, freeing African Americans from the constricting influences of mainstream white society.